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President Obama will release his final budget today, andPolitico is reporting “...that Congress, in a break with tradition, said it won’t even hold hearings on this year’s budget request. That’s because the request 'will continue to focus on new spending proposals instead of tackling 'our $19 trillion in debt,’ Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) said last week.” Personally, I think there should always be a place for any administration to explain its proposals to Congress and that the traditional hearing fills that part of the process. Not inviting OMB Director Shaun Donovan to testify runs the risk of appearing petty and dismissive.

New Study Suggests Refugee Entry Would Not Harm U.S. Job Market

The refugee crisis emanating from the Middle East into Europe and surrounding areas has garnered national and global media attention.  The U.N. Refugee Agency reports that more people were displaced by war and persecution in 2014 than in any other year on record, in large part due to the Syrian Civil War.  In the United States, refugee policy has the focus of many policymakers. President Obama gave a nod to the Syrian Refugee Crisis during his final State of the Union when he declared “we’re partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help that broken society pursue lasting peace.”  He made a bolder statement, however, by inviting a well-known Syrian Refugee to sit with the First Lady during his address.

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The president's budget will be out Tuesday, and the White House has leaked that it will propose a $10 per barrel tax on U.S. oil producers. As Politico reported, it "will propose more than $300 billion worth of investments over the next decade in mass transit, high-speed rail, self-driving cars, and other transportation approaches designed to reduce carbon emissions and congestion. To pay for it all, Obama will call for a $10 “fee” on every barrel of oil, a surcharge that would be paid by oil companies but would presumably be passed along to consumers.”

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